The Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati is represented on the board of the CBA. The independent group is an affiliate of the National Bar Association, was founded in 1975. It works in the community to improve the administration of civil and criminal justice; to solve problems which are peculiar to African American Lawyers; and to see that all lawyers and law students in the Greater Cincinnati area, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin or gender are given the opportunity to share equally in the benefits of the legal profession. The group shares a RoundTable with the CBA to work together on a variety of projects.
The Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program works with members of the local legal and business community who share a commitment to increase opportunities for minority attorneys in the assignment of legal work.
With the support of the CBA, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati provides legal representation, information, advice and referral for people in need of legal help. It is affiliated with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, LLC, and also coordinates services with the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Lower-income residents of Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren Counties are eligible for Legal Aid services.
The Cincinnati Paralegal Association, an Ohio nonprofit corporation, is committed to the professional development of the individual paralegal and the paralegal profession, the establishment and support of professional standards, and the advancement of paralegals as an integral and distinctive partner in the delivery of legal services.
The CBA is proud to partner with the Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio. Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio connects corporate volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in the Cincinnati and Dayton area that are in need of business legal services. Attorney volunteers provide free business legal services tailored to the needs of each nonprofit. We encourage our members and the legal community to learn more and get involved.
Jointly founded by the CBA with the Junior League of Cincinnati and the Hamilton County Juvenile Court, ProKids trains volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Each CASA volunteer is assigned to a foster child, making sure the child’s needs are met, that the child is safe, and helping each child move into a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.
Founded in 1975, Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and long-term care help to older adults. Pro Seniors offers Ohio residents age 60 and older the advice and information they need to solve their legal and nursing home, adult care facility, and home health care problems.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project or VLP provides high quality legal services to low-income citizens in seven southwest Ohio counties: Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren. This program, established in 1982 by the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association, provides critical legal services to the community through the support of many private lawyers and corporate law offices. The VLP recruits private attorneys to handle at least two pro bono cases each year. Cases handled by Volunteer Lawyers are common to a general civil practice and may require anything from one hour of work to full-scale representation.